Cheryl E. Leonard and Ann Dentel were out at Middle Harbor conducting sound experiments for the new site-specific work Shallow Tide (in collaboration with Rebecca Haseltine).

listeningtodriftwoodYet the Park staff is beginning not to call it a beach anymore, lest the public seek it out for conventional use. Many stories about sinking up to the knees while walking at low tide. It will take another couple years for the surface (created from dredging of Inner Harbor) to settle.

This may be the physical reason behind the phenomenon Cheryl described: sound is carrying great distances in the sand of Middle Harbor coves, something she just didn’t expect to find.